NO MOORE CLINIC – Contractors from CBC Construction use an excavator to tear down the  Moore Clinic building this morning. The building, which was most recently owned by SEARHC, was built in the mid-1950s by Dr. Phil Moore. Moore was a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who came to Sitka after WWII to open a clinic to treat tuberculosis patients from around the state on Japonski Island using vacated Naval base buildings. He helped develop new treatments for TB which was devastating Native communities. That operation evolved into SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Moore also helped establish Sitka Community Hospital in the 1950s. The cleared clinic lot will likely be used for building housing by SEARHC. ( Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 18, 2014 Community Happenings

USCG Safety
    Group Relocates
    The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment in Sitka is relocating to 1480 Seward Ave. – the first building inside USCG Cutter Maple fenced area.
    Those with questions can contact CWO Mike Wortman at 966-5454 or 738-0280.

    Scientist Fellow
    Slated to Speak
    Dr. Lucy Vliestra, scientist in residence fellow with the Sitka Sound Science Center, will share her experiences as a cadet in the U.S. Coast Guard Academy 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 25, at Kettleson Memorial Libary.
    An associate professor at the academy, Vlietstra will discuss opportunities for students interested in marine science education.
    The presentation will introduce the four-year academy, located in New London, Conn. Graduates earn a bachelor of science degree and are commissioned as ensigns, reporting for duty aboard cutters and at sector offices.

    Formline Drawing
    Workshop Slated
    The Sheldon Jackson Museum invites the public to a free, basic formline design drawing workshop to be taught by Tsimshian artist Abel Ryan 2-3:30 p.m. June 22 at the museum.
    Children ages 7 and older and adults can sign up. Space is limited. Call 747-8981 for details and to register.

    Sitka High School has released its second semester honor roll and high honor roll.
High Honor Roll
GPA: 3.50-4.00
    Colin Baciocco, Curt Bartlett, Ellie Bone, Diego Carlos, Megan Christner, Sean Climo, Emma Combs, Joanna Davis, Odalys Esparza, Harry Hartzog, Katherine Holmgren, Alexandra Kirby, Zosha Krupa, Kathryn Morse, Makayla Murphy, Dillon Quealey, Amanda Roe, Andrew Rule, Payton Russell, Erika Seehafer, Rcel Subillaga, Tabitha Sutton, Ali Venneberg.
    Kristine Banh, Michael Bekeris, Miles Chadwick, Hailey Denkinger, Kariel Galbraith, Miguel Garcia, Erin Iwamoto, Josie Johnson, Savvas Matiatos, James Morland, Walter Palof, Ava Parrish, Will Pate, Aaryn VanVeen, Danika Weaver, Kaysia Whitmill, Mackenzie Whitson, Deborah Yearwood, Jordan Zellhuber.
    Naquoia Bautista, Michael Boose, Alexander Corak, Ahna Cushing, Joy Davis, Kaya Duguay, Piper Froehlich, Natalie Galanin, Kalene Koelling, Celia Lubin, Justice Lysons, Safaya Mann, Evan McArthur, Kaytlin Mead, Tad Nelson, Annemarie Pike, Sidney Riggs, Niko Sani, Trevor Schoening, TristanRoe Van Cise, Alison Wood, Salma Zakiyah.
    Denley Arce, Editha Bagoyo, Brady Barger, Emma Bruhl, Nicole Carlos, Abigail Chadwick, Tressica Chambers, Lione Clare, Kaycie Coleman, Spencer Combs, Zailey Dangel, Erikson Fish, Shanti Friedman, Joseph Galbraith, Joseph Inman, Sophia Mudry, Rosalind Palof, Chaya Pike, Megan Reid, Dylan Reinhardt, Samantha Robinson, Destony Rosas, Pia Steidl, Daliya Tazeyeva, Alycia Tresham, Jovani Villanueva, Melanie Villanueva, Francisca Walden, Hannah Whitson, Hannah Wolfe-MacPike.

Honor Roll
GPA: 3.00-3.49
    Connor Buxton, Jessica Cariaga, Dayton Cropper, Connor Fulton, Dawson June, Justin Leal, Chase Markegard, Kendra Phippen, Isaac Pike, Maya Reda-Williams, Ky Stockel, James Swedeen, Ian Sweeney, Jimmy Villanueva, Michaela Wilson, Zakary Wright.
    Dakota Bauder, Tevin Bayne, Jeremy Boose, Braden Case, Trista Elixman, Brady Harang, Mariyah Harrell, Braedyn Hazelaar, Abigail Leonardo, Lea Angela Ramil, Katherine Sandlin, Shelby Schmitt, Emily Stenberg, Brandon Tulcey, Jericho Villanueva, Kelsy Von Scheerschmidt, Meaghan Way.
    Brody Armstrong, Hallie Bernhoft, Gabriella Cagle, Liam Carbillon, Beverly Chartrand, Valerie Chinalski, Vincent David, Owen Fulton, Lorella Gil Bernal, Kaylen Lozano, Melea Roman, Maraelia Romine, Brianna Schulz, Kyla Young, Alora Zellhuber.
    Jessica Barnes, Louis Belley, Teagan Bickar, Abigail Brady, Megan Cunningham, Hannah Davis, Katherine Davis, Melissa Dumag, Albert Duncan, Frederick Elliott, Nickolas Enloe, Abigayle Erickson, Cassandra Gillespie, Justin Harang, Rachel Harris, Mackinzie McGraw, Krista Meyer, Robert Polasky, IsaElena Ramil, Phillip Reaves, Kaitlynn Resch, Samson Stengl, Jaren Sumauang, Lynnette Tulcey, Ethan Vastola, Brian Way.

    SHS Activity
    Forms Ready
    Sitka Community Schools has packets for those students interested in any athletic program or activity at SHS for the 2014-2015 school year.
    The packet is required to be completed, signed, and in the hands of the coach and/or the activity director before a student may participate in a practice session or in any athletic event.
    A physical exam is required every 12 months. SHS is asking that participants verify their physical via the form included in the packet. Football and cross-country both have a practice scheduled for Aug. 4.

LIVING WELL – Sitka Community Hospital’s Darcie Ziel and Patrick Williams recently attended Living Well Alaska leader training, recognized by the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Living Well Alaska is a program for effectively managing chronic illnesses such as COPD, arthritis, heart disease, diabetes, depression, obesity and pain. Williams and Ziel are now certified to lead a series of six 2-1/2-hour classes that will help people with chronic illnesses learn ways to manage their health. “Even though I went through this course learning to be a facilitator, it has given me valuable skills for managing my own life. I’m looking forward to bringing this incredible course to our community,” said Ziel.  (Photo by Angela McGraw)

    Panhandle Fly-In
    Slated for July 12
    Southeast Alaska Aviation Association will host its third annual Panhandle Fly-In 9 a.m. July 12 at the Sitka Airport.
    The event will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. inside the Guardian hanger followed by the flour bag drop competition 3-4 p.m. at the 7-day parking area.
    A barbecue lunch, airplane rides (weather permitting), airplane display, classic car display and a pilot competition are planned.
    Fees apply for food and rides. Admission is free; however, a suggested $2 donation will help with a $1,000 aviation scholarship the group awards.

    Former Sitkan
    On State Board
    Gov. Sean Parnell today announced the appointment of Brit (DelMoral) Szymoniak to the state Board of Certified Real Estate Appraisers.
    The board establishes the examination specifications for certification as a general and residential real estate appraiser, adopts rules of professional conduct, and adopts regulations.
    Szymoniak, formerly of Sitka and now of Anchorage, is co-owner of The Board Room LLC and is the past director of public affairs and business development for the Port of Anchorage. She is a member of the Institute of the North Board of Directors and chair for the Federation of Community Councils.
    Szymoniak holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She is appointed to a public seat.

     BHV Seeks Chairs
    For Annual Event
    Brave Heart Volunteers is seeking chairs of all shapes and sizes – used, new, large and small – to be decorated by local artists and auctioned off at the annual Brave Heart Bowls event Dec. 3.
    Chairs, which must be in good condition, may be dropped off at the Pioneers Home Manager’s House. Call 747-4600 for additional information or to arrange for a chair pick-up.

    Earns Masters
    Greg Mandel of Sitka has earned a master degree in library science from Clarion University, Clarion, Pa.
    Nearly 1,030 Clarion University students donned the traditional caps and gowns for commencement ceremonies May 10.
    Rep. JKT in Sitka
    State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will hold public office hours in Sitka on Tuesday, June 24.
    He will be at the BackDoor Cafe 9-11 a.m., and at Highliner Coffee 1-3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
    Those who have any questions or can’t make it to office hours, can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Sitka office at 747-4665.
    Care Luncheon
    Slated June 25
    Brave Heart Volunteers invites family, caregivers, friends, volunteers and community members to its monthly CARE Luncheon noon-1 p.m. June 25 at the Pioneers Home Manger’s House. Lunch will be provided.
    Sharon Sullivan, R.N., certified herbalist and owner of Unity Botanicals, will launch the first of a six-part series exploring how dementia affects the sensory organs – vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. Sullivan will speak about how changes in the brain impact the sense of smell for someone living with dementia.
    For more information call Zack Desmond, Brave Heart Volunteers, at 747-4600.

    Anglers Get
    Kings Update
    For Silver Bay
    The size limit of king salmon in Silver Bay has been eliminated for sport anglers, the state Department of fish and Game has announced.
    Beginning 12:01 a.m. today through Thursday, July 31, king salmon harvested in Silver Bay under sport regulations may be any length. Regional bag and possession limits still apply. In addition, king salmon harvested in this area don’t count toward the nonresident angler’s annual limit, ADF&G said.
    Hatchery-produced king salmon are expected to return to Medvejie Hatchery in numbers that exceed hatchery broodstock needs.
    The Silver Bay harvest area includes the marine waters of Silver Bay east of a line from Entry Point to Silver Point. Anglers fishing in Silver Bay are reminded that all waters east of a line between the commercial fishery regulatory markers in Bear Cove are closed to snagging. Any fish hooked elsewhere than in the mouth within this area must be released immediately.
    Anglers may not possess king salmon less than 28 inches in length when fishing outside of the designated Silver Bay harvest area. Anglers possessing king salmon less than 28 inches, may not fish in areas outside of Silver Bay.
    For further information, contact the Sitka ADF&G office or visit

    Hidden Falls
    Closure Given
    For Trolling
    The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has posted information concerning the Hidden Falls Special Harvest Areas.
    In cooperation with the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, a portion of the Hidden Falls SHA will be closed to commercial trolling effective 12:01 a.m. June 18. The area is: waters north and west of a line between a point at 57°13.17’ N. latitude, 134°51.86’ W. longitude, and a point at 57°13.08’ N. latitude, 134°52.02’ W. longitude, and the waters north of a line from 57°13.05’ N. latitude, 134°52.24’ W. longitude, and a point at 57°13.06’ N. latitude, 134°52.20’ W. longitude.
    The current contribution of Hidden Falls chinook salmon to commercial troll fisheries is well below historic harvests, and is not expected to meet broodstock goals for 2014, Fish and Game said. These waters are being closed until further notice to help ensure that chinook salmon broodstock needs are met in the area. The area may reopen to trolling if and when broodstock needs have been met.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-25-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 1:10 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 127

Total statewide – 7,254

Total (cumulative) deaths – 51

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (8 resident; 12 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 277.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




September 2000

School Superintendent John Holst, Police Chief Bill McLendon and Magistrate Bruce Horton are among panelist confirmed for a community forum on teen alcohol and drug use and the new random drug testing by police in the schools. Other panelists are to be Tribal Judge Ted Borbridge, Nancy Cavanaugh, R.N.,  Asst. District Atty. Kurt Twitty, Tami Young, Trevor Chapman and School Board member Carolyn Evans.

September 1970

Mark Spender, son of Dr. and Mrs. Ed Spencer, and David Bickar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Bickar, are among 14,750 high school seniors honored today be being named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.